These technical experts ran their projects with confidence, but benefited immediately from the business support they received from Aurik.
In 2012 Wiseman Duma and Xolani Malindi decided to start their own business, trading on their extensive experience in engineering projects. Wiseman describes how he always knew he had capacity to do more when he was working a desk job – with Zabele he is always busy and loves it. It wasn’t easy to start a business in this space – 2012 to 2016 were tough as companies wanted experience, and they had none. So they moved beyond their core offering, going as far as suppling cooldrinks and water. They finally got accepted into a Supplier Enterprise Development project for a major steel manufacturer, and joined the Aurik programme in 2016.
THE GROWTH JOURNEY
Wiseman says that through the Aurik sessions, he realised how little he really knew about running a business. There were things he had overlooked, such as the importance of compliance, which could so easily have tripped them up. Together with Aurik, Wiseman and Xolani built a strong foundation for Zabele – across marketing, sales and processes. They also diversified their target market from corporate services to online sealing, and have maintained their big contracts as a supplier to minimise the risk of depending solely on being in a single supply chain.
TURNOVER GROWTH: Turnover increased by 297% and profitability by 206% during the programme.
JOB CREATION: The Zabele team grew from 6 to 18 people during the Aurik programme and has swelled to 35 at their busiest times.
DIVERSIFICATION: Implemented a fabrication service via a joint venture during the programme enabling reduced dependency on single supply chain.
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